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Voice of Eye 2007 Tour Press Release.
Voice of Eye has reunited after eight years for a 2007 European tour. Their performance incorporates handmade instruments specifically designed and built for this tour: the Jeemna-mini, Bass Thing-mini, Fucking Thing-mini and the original Squawk Box; in addition to Guitar, Flute and Voice. All sound sources are acoustic in origin, then processed through little black boxes to warp time and open the listener's perception. Voice of Eye's sound shifts from gentle soundscapes to primal wrenching malevolence with such ease that the listener is unaware of the transition until it is too late and they are fully immersed in the voyage.

A new two-part CD series is released for this tour. For "Emergence" and "Immersion", Voice of Eye return to the authenticity of improvisation to capture the immediacy and vitality of each moment. This exploration creates a dialogue of shifting states. Because of their long silence and life journey, they are now touching a creative depth they could not reach earlier. Emergence and Immersion are a challenging migration between exquisite peace and dark mysterious depths.

Voice of Eye formed in 1991 out of the ashes of experimental bands Esoterica Landscapes 7 and Cruor. Through Voice of Eye, members Bonnie McNairn and Jim Wilson explored profound aspects of consciousness. The music is shared as a tool for entering different states of consciousness. In the beginning music was the only modality this expression assumed.

This process transformed in 1997 from the medium of music into building an off-the-grid sustainable home and studio in the high desert of New Mexico. The process would take the next ten years. The result is a complete sculptural free flowing work of art built entirely by the hands of Jim and Bonnie. It is the largest work of art either have achieved. Living in the open and empty spaces of the desert had the additional effect of deeply connecting them to the truth of their being begun through music. The desert is the fire that burns away everything. Both members are now focused on the healing arts.

Presently, Jim and Bonnie have returned to recording and performing music with a fresh perspective. Their journey has transformed what was begun through music into a way of life. You can hear selected tracks from the upcoming new Voice of Eye CD at: http://www.soundclick.com/bands/pagemusic.cfm?bandID=727089

Voice of Eye SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY:
2007 Improvisations Part 1: Emergence Improvisations Part 2: Immersion
2000 The Nature of Sand with Life Garden and Illusion of Safety, Manifold Records
1996 Live LASF, LP vinyl, Anomalous Records
Narratives; Music for Fiction with Robert Rich and Paul Schutze, Manifold Records
1995 Transmigration, Cyclotron Industries
The Hungry Void: Air with Life Garden, Agni Music/Cyclotron Industries
1994 Vespers, Cyclotron Industries
Sproket, 7" vinyl, Drone Records
The Hungry Void: Fire with Life Garden, Agni Music/Cyclotron Industries
1992 Mariner Sonique, Cyclotron Industries
1990 Esoterica Landscapes 7: Hokmah Nistarah Lp

asianovaASIANOVA
...was formed as a result off a series of leisurely improvisational Jam sessions between two couples that each had their own seperate groups as duos at the time. Jim Wilson and Bonnie McNairn were just beginning their band "Voice of Eye" while Ure Thrall and Pamela Passmore were performing axts of sonic terrorism around Houston as the power duo "TERMINUS".

This unpredictable and unprecedented collaboration brought forth into the world a breed of sonic mysticism that was unrivaled in its intensity amd complexity. From the 1st mesmerizing track of 1997's debut CD "Burning the Blue skies black", Asianova grabs you by all 12 chakras to induce indescribable FEELINGS OF SANCTITY AND RITUALISM WITH every single listen..

tHE NAME asIANOVA CAME DIRECTLY FROM OUR DESIRE TO TRANSLATE/MODULATE/EMULATE THE MOST DEEP AND HAUNTING ASPECTS EMBODIED IN THE HALLOWED AND ANCIENT MUSIIICAL TRADIRIONS OF EASTERN CULTURES BOTH NEAR AND FAR. WE REVEL IN tHE PLUCKING OF A YANQUIN'S STRING AS WE LISTEN TO THE VIBRATIONS SERENADE THE GHOSTS OF ANCIENTS PAST.

Not unlike OUR ANCIENT SUN, MYSTICal MUSICS FROM THE LONG-FORGOTTEN PAST CONTINUE TO SHINE DOWN upon us THROUGH THE AGES. asIANOVA INTENDS TO CHANNEL THESE OCCIDENTAL HARMONIC rays of sunshine INTO SOMETHING MORE AKIN TO A sonic supernova . Imbuing the listener with an ALL-PERVASIVE DARKLIGHT THAT IS LEFT SHINING IN the MIND LONG AFTER THE MUSIC HAS ENDED,THis AWAKENINEG TO A STRANGE NEW COMBINATION OF COSMIC BEAUTY AND REGAL DARKNESS INDUCED VIA THIS DEVASTATING SONIC LIQUER left BREATHLESS, the REALIZation hits that THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE WORD TO DESCRIBE SUCH An intense listeni8ng EXPERIENCE........
..........."asianova"!

aFTER RECORDING NEARLY 10 ALBUMS WORTH OF MATERIAL, (SEVERAL OF WHICH HAVE SEEN INTERNATIONAL RELEASE ON SUCH NOTABLE LABLES AS (eIBON, dRONE AND NOW wHITE rABBIT rECORDS), THE PROJECT WAS SHELVED IN 1995 UNTIL THE GROUP COULD HOPEFULLY ONE DAY REUNITE TO CONTINUE THEIR PURSUITS IN sONIC aLCHEMY.

12 YEARS GONE AND AT LONG LAST asianova IS SLAYRD TO reunite (SANS mS. pASSMORE) AT LAST FOR A TOUR OF eUROPE THIS sEPTEMBER FOR THE "pratsayana tour 2007" WITH OUR COMPATRIOTS troum AND the newly reformed voice of eye.

As a way of celebrating this very special occasion, white rabbit records is slated to press a special deluxe edition of the 1st Asianova CD "Burning the Blue Skies Black" complete with an extended remix of the single "Chaotic Vision". The 1st 100 copies sold on the tour will contain a special limited edition CD-R EP conatining extra-spatial additional remixes of "Chaotic Vision we couldn't fit on the main CD!

White Rabbit Records is also releasing "Nether-Nether Land", the SECOND VOLUME of the Asianova's sprawling six volume series "Turning the Black Skies Blue Again" as a follow-up to the critically acclaimed 1st volume in 2005 "Love Like a Veiled Threat (EIBON Records) Both new releases will be available exclusively and for the 1st time, on the 2007 "Pratsayana Tour".
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Recordings for an entirely NEW cd to be titled "PRATSAYANA" are scheduled for early September of 2007.

You can downloadand stream audio files from several different Asianova CDs at: http://www.soundclick.com/bands/pagemusic.cfm?bandID=56895

asIANOVA CURRENTLYA HAS THREE WEBPAGES:
WWW.RADIANTLABS.COM/ASIANOVA
.....HAS SPECIFIC BAND INFO, HISTORY AND EARLY REVIEWS

http://www.soundclick.com/bands/pageartist.cfm?bandID=56895
...HAS STREAMING ANDS DOWNLOADABLE MP3 FILES

DISKORP.COM
...THE HOME LABEL FOR ASIANOVA -"dISKORPOREALITY RECORDINGS" HAS THE FULL BAND DISKOGRAPHY AND A "LOOP
JUKEBOX WHERE YOU CAN IND SPECIALLY CHOSEN FROM EACH as cd ATTACHED TO EACH cd iCON THAT YOU CAN PLAY AND EVEN MIX INTO YOUR OWN COMPOSITION. sITE UNDER CONSTRUCTION BUT IN WORKING CONDION. mUCH MIRE TO COME!

ASIANOVA discography 2007:
1997 "bURNING THE bLUE skIES bLACK CD
- Diskorporeality recordings

2005 "Turning the Black Skies Blue Again" 6 CD Series
I. "Love Like a Veiled Threat"
CD released on Eibon / Radio tarab Records Summer 2005
II "Nether-Nether Land"
CD-R DIskorporeality Recordings
III."Tripped Itch"
CD-R DIskorporeality Recordings
IV."Suite Dreams"
CD-R DIskorporeality Recordings
V."Tripped Itch"
CD-R DIskorporeality Recordings
VI"Terminal Ferocity"
CD-R DIskorporeality Recordings

2006 "MAGNAMNEMONICON"
10" LP Substantia Innominata Records
2007 "bURNING THE bLUE sLIES bLACK
10th anniversary edition CD - White Rabbit Records
"Nether-Nether Land" CD - White Rabbit Records

And the new CD release "Pratsayana" is in the works. Release date to be announced at DISKOrp.COM

ASIANOVA CASSETTE RELEASES:
Discorporeality # 6: Asianova (self-titled)
Discorporeality # 12 The Sun is Burning
Discorporeality # 14 Fallingˇ.into the Sky
Discorporeality # 18 The Wonderful World of Silence
Discorporeality # 19 Love Like a Veiled Threat

NOCTURNE CASSETTE RELEASES (Jim Wilson, Bonnie McNairn, Ure Thrall):
Discorporeality #5 Shades of Night
Discorporeality #8 What Beauty Lies in the Shadow of your Eyes?
Discorporeality #15 Space Ragas
(NOTE: THe vast majority of the material documented on the ASIANOVA / Nocturne cassette releases has been
re-edited and remastered (with additional flourishes) to create the 6 CD series ""Turning the Black Skies Blue Again" released in 2005.

REVIEWS:
1997 "bURNING THE bLUE skIES bLACK"
(Selected edits) 'With the sunbear chased off by a moon dog that offers chaotic visions we have burnt the sky till it is black, we had some dreams and felt like we were flying. But all that's behind us as we realise we have only fallen from the light....' ['burning the blue skies black' review from Remote Induction]

'Dark and brooding, ambient textures, flowing extended drones, angelic background vocals, and gently pulsing (chugging) percussion are the main elements that make up the sounds on "Burning the Blue Skies Black." I find this release to be of excellent quality and overall composition.' ['burning the blue skies black' review from Last Sigh Magazine]

'This release consists of great swelling, bloated atmospheres of massive drone proportions slanted toward a tribal aura. Elements build, direction is focused, and the results are stunning. When concentrating quite hard on detail one may detect tones of guitar and resonance of female vocals, but these are mostly disguised within the drawn-out drone process. Deep fog horn drone atmospheres and disembodied voices make for a tense yet ambient listen of Lustmordian quality. There is some involvement in this from Ure Thrall (also a member of the Smooth Quality Excrement project) thus reference to the reviews of these other outputs in these pages will reveal that there is a definitive high standard at work here and likewise very worthwhile.' ['burning the blue skies black' review from Spectrum Magazine]

2005 'Love Like a Veiled Threat" from www.auralpressure.com
Asianova returns after their highly revered "Burning the Blue Skies Black" debut with another sprawling monolithic epic of an album, sweeping through ethno infused ambient fields and on to wide plains of bloated droning atmospheres. Simply put, the sheer scope and depth displayed is quite staggering, where, flute/ wind instruments, tabla, percussion and female vocals (utilised as an instrument), compliment the expansive tidal flows of ambient treated guitar textures & synth lead drones. Pushing well beyond any mere dark ambient tag, the entire atmosphere ascends into a spiralling core of spirituality - but not the western world's concept of spirituality, rather that of the Asiatic world (as reflected within the cover's imagery). The sheer breadth and textural scope of this CD would seem to be the direct result of the musical contributions of 5 individuals, meaning in the case of Asia Nova, 5 heads are certainly better then 1!

As massive and epic as this particular album is, it is actually the first instalment of a 6 album series under the umbrella title "Turning the black skies blue again", which certainly begs the question of what musical heights might be scaled on subsequent instalments? Yet before this is formally answered by the group, this CD is absolutely fantastic place to begin.

From kronic.it:
The love is a threat? Asianova is a product of the mind of Ure Thrall. A plan with on the shoulders one long series of cassettes and years of sonorous experimentations on the dark Lydians of the ambient. In spite of this curriculum, the CD produced from the united hands of the Eibon/Radiotarab is the second of the Ure American after the album "Burning The Blue Skies Black" for Influx Communications.

Taking advantage itself of a good dose of valid strumentisti, "Love Like to Veiled Threat" leaves from atmospheres dark ambient, woven dark of an alarming music that it finds solid seizes in sonoritā pungenti and material. "The Pounds of Love" is eloquent, a fluctuating and mysterious base ambient as the optimal diagrams orient them, scandite with force from one series of effects and percussions from the rituale cut. Music becomes darker and incisive in a intricato and ossessivo instrumental vortex (These Black Roses Bloom at Dawn) that it is transformed in a mesta and dense prayer than feelings denied to you in the penetrating "Hears Red", the sounds and the guitars are dilated with lascivia abandoning itself to the human heat. Are human voices those of "Black is Blue-Tiful"? If yes, it is the voice of slow and painful one dead women whom she accompanies of the twenty sonorous impetuous and blackest ones.

It leaves confuseed the dance minibadly supported from soft percussions orients them of "Celestial Raga" and growing mysterious of "Tempus broken Fugitive" from isolates percussivi booms does not leave memories to you celestial. With "Flaming Hearts of Ice" one is opened long called suite ` Cold Stars', inframmezzata from three traces, three stars that trasudano ice and ices. Already cited ice heart it is entrusted to drones long and pregni folate scratching cold and they do not lack disturbs to more that they will find wide sfoggio in the successive "Stellar Lullabye", short sentori that lasceranno space to sad and restless melodie and that subiranno an ulterior metamorphosis in favor of one dark ambient from minibadly the structure.

The conclusive "Solar Flare Out" is opened nearly with overbearingness, an outbreak of sounds that leaves to be transparent a light multicolor in melodie generated from the cold light of an ice sun that is cracked under the suffocated blows of the final percussions.

Like a tree from the log dark ambient. Snoda and one divides in more coppers, passing from lugubri and discs of a valve carpets of drones escaping to feminine voices, leaving on its long wake percussivi rituali messages with set, driven in fluid and effettate guitar and levels synth. Interesting and magical. - written by Aldo Vixen.

2006 "Magnamnemonicon" 10" FROM BRAINWASHED.COM:
Drone Records have always released high quality music with the greatest of care and Knappe's new label, which focuses only on 10" releases, continues that tradition of care and excellence. Asianova consists of Ure Thrall (from Voice of Eye) and Pamela Passmore; this album also includes guest musicians Paul Valsecchi and Marlon Porter. I was happy to see that this quartet got right to the point on their sleeve. Without a doubt Asianova seeks to "create music about the intangible" and to connect the external world with the internal world in a meaningful way. This may seem like an ambitious project, but I've always been of the opinion that music, especially drone and rather non-temporal or anti- temporal music, is capable of exactly this.

The title might mean something like "book of ultra-memory" or "record of high memory" and the washes of rattles, chimes, and low tones that flow out of the speakers certainly sound ancient, informed by a universal memory of the cosmos and the stars. The artwork includes celestial references, further suggesting that the group is trying to bring the universe home to us, or perhaps us home to the universe. Some songs, though they flow into each other on both sides, feature of a heavy emphasis on percussion with synthetic waves groaning over heavily distorted and washed out beats, all of them focused almost entirely on the bass end of the spectrum. Vocals light up the music at various points, though those points are thematically grim sounding and brief. Each side makes sense as a whole, though they start in similar ways. The "Mnemo" side, however, grows in stature much more quickly than the "Magna" side, sounding off with insectoid horns and reversed vocals. The effect is haunting and relaxing simultaneously. Asianova have a tendency to quickly bring new sounds and surprises into their music quickly and without warning, keeping me from calling this album relaxing altogether. There is a palatable tension in the air and the play of deep, low sounds and other effects keeps the record moving at a pace that seems to stop time: the record is over before I know it.

The record has been spinning on the player for three straight rotations, now, and I'm still picking up small nuances the group has buried in their music. There's plenty to hear on this disc and furthermore the entire package is so well defined and so immaculately thought out that I can't help but fall in love with it. Perhaps this is music with a purpose, music not designed solely for entertainment, but that doesn't confine it to purely academic or purely meditative music. It's enjoyable on an aesthetic level, but the personal and spiritual material it brings to the table is the main course that draws me in the most. Written by Lucas Schleicher.

From tokafi.com: Some records are hard to put a finger on. Mostly, that can be quite disturbing, but with "Magnamnemonicon", it's part of the concept. As a new volume in an ongoing series on his newly formed Drone Records-sublabel "Substantia Innominata", Stefan Knappe invited a string of select artists to set certain aspects of the "Unknown" to music: The "Un-thinkable", the "Un-speakable", the "Un-nameable" you, err, name it. The point behind the endeavour is to delve into the world of ideas, uncover the source of the arts and ignite a debate about the origin of creativity. Asianova have come pretty close on achieving these aims on this one.

That is, if you accept the inevitable constraint that, by definition, none of these goals can ever be fully realised by the music itself. After all, trying to exemplifiy the "Un-hearable" by sound will make Sisyphus' sentence seem like a holiday. But this kind of criticism is clearly beside the point and lead by a mistaken belief that the "dark continent surrounding us" is in fact made of the same matter as that slab of earth you're standing on. And so, "Magnamnemonicon" does not want to express what can not be expressed, but rather take that faintly burning candle of conjecture down the road of intuition and turn it into a brightly blazing fire of certainty. It does so by a process of gradual disposal: First, the structures within the chaos are made visible on the A-side of this vinyl offering (thereby depleting our supposed knowledge of the order of the world), then the second side, entitled "Mnemo" (and referring to the associative actions of the cognitive apparatus) prooves all rational terminologies null and void. Which means that you can put your dictionary aside now and simply wait for the mystery unfold. The short title track and the six-minute long "Black Ocean, Blue Midnight" still contain faint traces of traditional Western compositions, harmonic shifts in slowmotion, deep and yearning echos of melodies, like listening to the "Blade Runner" theme at the bottom of the deep blue sea. Already in the first few minutes, waves of randomly patterned noises break against the rocks of consciousness, caving in the solid stone and dissolving its substance in the ocean's embrace. "March of the Anenome" is the old order rearing itself up one last time, a clattering and dubby Indian excursion, with ominous strings roaring underneath Pam Passmore's seductive vocals filled with a sense of premonition. It's all downwards from then, even in the titles: "A sharp descent into sweet mania"'s backward choirs lead into the "Deep canyons of the Arianas", a landscape of murmuring voices and meandering noises, "doomed to a watery gravy".

If this voyage should seem frightening, it is because it is such a direct encounter with something beyond our sensory system. Which is the same reason why it should seem so powerful. Many of the usual Drone Records releases return to the same place, but the extended playing time of these 10'' (almost thirty minutes) take things just one step further. In the end, of course, it is still hard to put a finger on why "Magnamnemonicon" is such an intense experience. But as we mentioned earlier that's what it is all about. By Tobias Fischer.

from GOTHTRONIC.com: Asianova is the American duo Ure Thrall and Pamela Passmore collaborating with Bonnie McNairn and Jim Wilson from Voice of Eye. The unknown part of this release which was given the name Magnamnemonicon is the unknown inner self. Because of this, the 10", which is pink, red ant white marbled this time, has quite a strong emotional feel to it.

The 10" doesn't have 2 long tracks like the Daniel Menche or Noise-Maker's Fifes release. Instead of that there are six shorter tracks evenly distrubuted over the two sides. A good thing is that they still cover over 30 minutes of music (!!) which is quite a lot for a 10" but - for the freaks amongst you: don't worry - it still sounds very good. Musically this release hangs in between experimental drones and ethnical ambient. Haunting soundeffects and eerie vocals carefully layered over a combination from drones, soundscapes and ambience.

This 10" is one which will apeal to fans of female vocals who are looking for a more ambient background, for example fans from ambient works from the Hybryds or maybe even Yasnaia's solo-work on World Serpent. But also if your collection holds O Yuki Conjugate or de 3" series by Amplexus this 10" is worth it. Grade: 7.8 Review by: Bauke.

ATTENTION! Asianova is looking to book more live performance dates for their 2007 European "Pratsayana" tour with our illustrious partners VOICE OF EYE and TROUM We offer a stunning performance at a flexible rate.Give your area a show they will talk about for decades!

FOR THOSE WHO WANT MORE INFO:
WWW.DISKORP.COM and our old site www.radiantlabs.com/asianova
Contact ASIANOVA for booking/live performance information through Ure Thrall - yerathrall@yahoo.com


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